Pattern? Color? Yikes! I have to spend what??...and even worse...I have to live with it for a really long time! If you feel this way as you are trying to decide on area rugs for your home, we will help you get over your fear of commitment!
With the help of my favorite area rug distributor, Tufenkians, of Portland, Oregon, I recently filmed a segment for BETTER, with Brooke Carlson, in the home of News Anchor Natalie Marmion. We discussed the do's and don'ts and where to begin when trying to find the best area rug.
I often get asked the question...which comes first the area rug or the rest of the room? My answer is either way works. However, whichever one ends up coming first will determine the direction for the other.
Anytime you have color in a room, you have to distribute it at ground level, then mid level and then up to eye level. If you start with the area rug, simply move the same color tones up into the other areas of the room.
If you have the other areas in the room set and the room doesn't feel quite right it probably means you need to bring balance and often times that can mean through the grounding of an area rug. Pull your color palette from the art, draperies and pillows. This will give you direction when selecting the right color for your rug.
Here are a few other often overlooked tips for selecting area rugs:
- Rugs change color based on which direction you lay them. If it looks too light, try turning it the other direction and watch how the colors in the rug completely change!
- When selecting size for the living room, a good rule of thumb is to have all of the furniture on the rug or off the rug. Obviously the coffee table can stay on the rug, but it's best not to have any of your chairs or sofas halfway on and halfway off the rug.
- When selecting size for the dining room make sure you have a minimum of 2' behind each dining chair on all sides. No teetering chairs at the dinner table allowed!
- Always try out the rug in your home prior to committing to the piece. Tufenkians will deliver your rugs, help you place them and then bring back the pieces you dont want.
A good Area Rug Showroom will have the rugs dislpayed so that you can see everything very easily. This comes down to proper racking systems and lighting. Again, Tufenkian's of Portland, OR, does a tremendous job of displaying their products. Check out their team and new location in the Pearl District.